Today my guest is fellow author at Rogue Phoenix Press Genie Gabriel, who's presenting her new book. More Than Just a Dog can be bought from Amazon or Barnes & Noble or directly from the publisher. Genene will giveaway a digital copy of More Than Just a Dog to one randomly drawn commenter at each stop.
Three generations of independent women, driven in different directions by one
man’s anger. Until his death reconnects them with their mystical Irish ancestors
and wonders beyond this limited human existence.
Trained in the shamanic arts by her Irish grandmother, Chessie Durand travels
to alternate worlds to rescue animals in danger. Aided by her Chosen One, an
angel dog and a mysterious merkaba necklace, she discovers powers unknown to
Ever practical, her mother provides a sanctuary for these alien and exotic
species stall-beside-stall with barnyard creatures. And when their paradise is
threatened by ignorance and poachers and unknown dangers beyond the stargates,
Marlise loads her shotgun and joins the fight.
With only a fleeting second thought, Peter entered the coordinates in the
computer implanted in his wrist to transport to the cave on Chessie’s farm. His
mentor had warned him of disturbances in the stargate that caused several
“incidents” and had resulted in the decision to seal it off. However, Peter
hoped opening the surface entrance had corrected those disturbances.
This was the most direct route to see Chessie and, after weeks of waiting, he
wanted more than to just court her in dreams. He wanted to touch her. Smell the
scent of flowers in her hair. Convince her they could build a relationship in
the real world.
But which real world? His dimension or hers? Or perhaps somewhere totally
One step at a time, Peter reminded himself. After his abrupt
departure the last time he had seen her, Chessie might not exactly fall eagerly
into his arms. Best he establish a cover story before he contacted her. Thanks
to a disagreement between the ruling governments of his dimension, he had some
time off between assignments of retrieving endangered species during which he
could pursue his Chosen One.
He stepped through the stargate in his dimension, anticipating the look of
pleasure on Chessie’s face when she saw him.
”Danger. Danger. Coordinates cannot be guaranteed.” His computer implant
transmitted the message to Peter’s brain as his body was sucked into a spinning
vortex, faster and faster, buffeted on all sides by angry voices and
recriminations until he blacked out.
~ * ~
The rock formations fascinated Chessie as she descended into the cave.
However, the hot springs drew her most strongly. She loved to slip into the
heated water and feel all her tensions wash away, as she was doing today. She
thought about posting a notice at the entrance of the cave informing her family
of her private hours in the hot springs so she could soak in the nude. But so
far, she limited herself to wearing a modest one-piece bathing suit while in the
Her body floated slightly as she closed her eyes and leaned her head back on
a rubber pillow she brought with her. “Ahhh…”
She wondered if Peter would enjoy the hot springs as much as she did.
Where was he? Were her dreams of Peter and the cave simply her
Intuitively, she knew more than fantasies were involved. She hoped by
returning to the cave, she could solve this mystery.
With her eyes closed, her mind and body relaxed even more. The water rippled
against her skin, soothing and calming. A small wave splashed against her chin
and Chessie shifted her body. Opening her eyes, she noticed tiny, choppy waves
across the pool’s surface that hadn’t been active when she first stepped into
Sitting up straight now, she touched the merkaba around her neck and wondered
if some of its magic was at work.
The ground began rumbling.
Get out of the pool. Chap’s image appeared in her mind.
She didn’t need to be told twice. She shoved her feet back in her tennis
shoes and pulled the terry cloth robe around her body.
Frozen with fascination, she stared toward the rock wall where the cave
ended—that her grandmother insisted wasn’t the same as when the cave had been
The rock wall was now splitting apart like giant elevator doors, revealing
the dark night sky filled with billions of stars and a spinning vortex that grew
larger and larger as it moved toward her.
Use the merkaba, Chap stated. Do not give in to fear. Simply
know the merkaba will protect you.
Chessie braced her feet at shoulder width apart and placed a hand over the
merkaba. Protect all that is pure. Surround us with love and keep us
She didn’t know where the words came from, but Chessie repeated them over and
over as the vortex engulfed her, echoing with her grandfather’s angry voice.
“You will never practice your witch’s spells again! You will be obedient! You
will do as I tell you!”
Images of her grandfather as he had been when alive swirled within the
vortex. Chessie held fast to the merkaba and called upon the spirit of her
grandfather. Help us! By all that is loving and pure, keep us safe!
As Chessie repeated these words, a body fell at her feet as the vortex faded
and drifted away like mist dispersing under the morning sun.
Author bio and links
Fur against my face and the
soft smell of a dog curled protectively around me existed before my first
memories of this life. So began my journey of being more in tune with animals
than with people.
I went through the expected
motions of marriage, kids, divorce, and career, but usually out of step with
most of the human population. This proved to be an advantage in developing an
independence and a curiosity about things most people don’t even consider.
A minor health issue led to
energy healing and becoming a master level Reiki practitioner. Working at the
local animal shelter flipped on the switch to communicating with animals. Each
dog I adopted showed miraculous changes most people couldn’t believe.
As a writer, I explored the
mysteries of why people behave as they do, and also became fascinated by
science, especially quantum physics. But perhaps my favorite way of writing
stories is to ask the question, “What if?” and dive into those imagined worlds—surrounded
by my beloved furbabies, of course!
Angel dogs, stargates, alternate worlds, independent women, fated lovers
Website URL: www.GenieGabriel.com
Blog URL: http://quantumcanines.blogspot.com
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